I have been wanting to go to León since the beginning of tour because I had heard from assistants and other actors (who were here last year) that it is beautiful! Finally I got a chance to go, and it was absolutely fantastic!
The main ‘attraction’ in León is without a doubt the cathedral – Santa María de León Cathedral, which is also known as The House of Light. The cathedral is both stunning from the outside and the inside. From the outside the cathedral is extremely prominent, standing very tall compared to the buildings around it and from the inside you get to see the beautiful stained glass. This stained glass is the reason the cathedral is also known as The House of Light as the cathedral hosts nearly 1800 square metres of it, dating back to between the 13th and 15th century!
It still baffles me to this day that something so big, and so beautifully decorated could have been built all those years ago. It seemed that back then the possibilities were endless when designing something like a cathedral, the architecture is simply stunning.
Here are some of the examples of the incredible stained glass within the cathedral:
On my first night in León I came across (whilst exploring) what I called ‘A Funeral for a Fish’. Basically it was a sort of parade, it started with a procession of people dressed up as Bishops and Priests, followed by a coffin with a giant skeleton of a fish, and then finally a load of people dressed in black playing musical instruments.
My pictures aren’t great but here we are anyway:
It took me quite a long time to find out what this event actually was because everyone I asked (including the hotel receptionist!?) didn’t seem to know! However, I eventually found out that this is a ceremony which is celebrated at the end of the carnival and is called ‘Entierro de la Sardina’ which translates to ‘Burial of the Sardine’ – I prefer my name for the event ‘Funeral for a Fish’. The ceremony happens on Ash Wednesday and is meant to parody a funeral procession and is also meant to be symbolic of the past being buried and a new society being reborn.
Other than the cathedral, there are some lovely things to see:
Very rarely whilst on tour, we end up staying in the same hotel as some of the other actors in the company. It has only happened to me once, and it was whilst we were in León, so here is us enjoying ourselves in an American Diner style restaurant called Peggy Sue’s.